Calogero’s- A Review

I dined at Calogero’s on Franklin Ave last night and was able to sample a few items on the menu. I know there are a lot of Calogero fans out there and I count myself as one of them.

We were greeted by pleasant and friendly staff. The staff is one thing this restaurant consistently has going for them. Each staff member is always pleasant, friendly, smiling. Not necessarily a given these days when you go… well, just about anywhere. Our waitress couldn’t have been nicer.

Outside seating was “eh”. Don’t get me wrong- it’s definitely pleasant out back. Their set-up almost makes you forget that you are adjacent to a parking lot. Unfortunately, the bugs make you remember. There were lots of tiny black gnats flying all around us and our food. A few citronella candles back there may improve things in that department. But hey, aren’t bugs just part of the charm of dining outside? I have to admit, al fresco dining is one of those things that often sounds great in theory, but may involve a gnat flying up your nose in practice. But I digress… 

The small garden salad was just right with a light vinaigrette and the Funghi Portobello Napoleon appetizer was perfect: fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic reduction. It’s presentation was as superb as its taste. I would definitely recommend this if you haven’t tried it yet.

Funghi Portobello Napoleon

The small Neapolitan pizza was delicious with a great sauce, yummy cheese and cooked to perfection. Chicken Parmigiano with pasta is a classic Italian dish that almost never disappoints and Calogero’s did a fine job with that as well. The Salmone e Basilico was a bit disappointing thanks to a number of small bones and vegetable risotto that was nothing to write home about. Calogero’s quickly recovered on the Salmon dish by comping us on dessert so all’s well that…

I will definitely be back to Calogero’s. Next time I may try the Gamberi Shrimp. In the meantime, I’ll continue to have their pizza delivered on the reg. Have you been to Calogero’s? What’s your favorite dish?

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